Research

Strengthening Financial Integrity of Federal Agencies

Project On Government Oversight - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 12:29
The federal government needs to improve the accuracy and completeness of improper payment identification and estimation.
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Putin Claims Russia Proposed a Cyber War Treaty In 2015 But the Obama Admin Ignored Them

Slashdot: Your Rights Online - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 12:00
An anonymous reader writes: Russian president Vladimir Putin (who denies any Russian part in the hacking) claims the Obama administration ignored a proposal in 2015 that might have avoided all of this. His administration suggested working out a cyber treaty with the US but was ignored by Obama officials, Putin told film director Oliver Stone in Showtime's four-part series broadcast this week. "A year and a half ago, in fall 2015, we made proposal to our American partners that we work through these issues and conclude a treaty on the rules of behavior in this sphere," he said in Stone's documentary The Putin Interviews. "The American side was silent, they didn't reply to us."

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EU Poised To Fine Google More Than $1 Billion in Antitrust Case

Slashdot: Your Rights Online - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 10:40
Google is braced for a fine of potentially more than 1bn euro ($1.18 billion) as Brussels prepares to make the first of three antitrust decisions on the search group's practices, the first sanction by a leading competition regulator on the way it operates. From a report: The penalty, expected to be announced in the coming weeks, could exceed the record 1.1 billion euro bill slapped on Intel, in 2009 for anti-competitive behavior in the computer-chip market, the two people told The Times. The European Commission's antitrust body declined to comment to MarketWatch on the FT report, but referred to the latest steps taken in the case against Google. In July last year, the commission reiterated its conclusion that the search giant had "abused its dominant position by systematically favoring its comparison shopping service in its search result pages." Google and its parent company Alphabet were then given 10 weeks to respond to the findings. Reuters reported last month that Google had attempted to settle the dispute with the EU three times in the last six years, but the sides had failed to reach a compromise.

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Amazon Granted a Patent That Prevents In-Store Shoppers From Online Price Checking

Slashdot: Your Rights Online - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 09:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Amazon's long been a go-to for people to online price compare while shopping at brick-and-mortars. Now, a new patent granted to the company could prevent people from doing just that inside Amazon's own stores. The patent, titled "Physical Store Online Shopping Control," details a mechanism where a retailer can intercept network requests like URLs and search terms that happen on its in-store Wi-Fi, then act upon them in various ways. The document details in great length how a retailer like Amazon would use this information to its benefit. If, for example, the retailer sees you're trying to access a competitor's website to price check an item, it could compare the requested content to what's offered in-store and then send price comparison information or a coupon to your browser instead. Or it could suggest a complementary item, or even block content outright. Amazon's patent also lets the retailer know your physical whereabouts, saying, "the location may be triangulated utilizing information received from a multitude of wireless access points." The retailer can then use this information to try and upsell you on items in your immediate area or direct a sales representative to your location.

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Today in OpenGov: Co-creating better FOIA software

Sunlight Foundation - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 08:15

After another tumultuous week in Washington, we’re glad it’s Friday. Please keep sending us your comments and tips at todayinopengov@sunlightfoundation.com!

washington watch

  • Almost nobody knows what’s in the Senate health care bill. (NBC News)
  • Secrecy around the Senate health care bill is the opposite of how the legislative process in a democracy should work. (NBC News)
  • Secrecy leads to bad policy. In health care, bad policy can lead to deaths. Veteran health care correspondents Julie Rovner and Sarah Kliff have never seen a process like this. (Vox)
states and cities

  • Maps combined with open data are powerful ways to understand the world as it is, as it was, or should be. This “map of the month” shows the history of redlining in Louisville. (Harvard Ash)
Working in the open

  • 18F published a research update on its work building a new Freedom of Information Act portal for the United States.

    Now, they need YOUR help. “We are sharing our initial research because we know it is imperfect and would greatly appreciate your feedback. Please open an issue in GitHub or email us at National.FOIAPortal@usdoj.gov, and keep our contributing policy in mind.” (18F)

around the world

keep it online

  • Indian states have had 20 Internet shutdowns so far in 2017. Sunlight opposes Internet shutdowns. They are the calling card of governments afraid of what their people will tell the world and one another. For us, the logic is inexorable: If access to information is a right, and an informed public is essential to accountable government, then blocking access to public information is anti-democratic. (Human Rights Watch)
save the dates The Committee on House Administration
  • June 27th: Legislative Data and Transparency Conference in Washington, DC. “The Legislative Data and Transparency Conference 2017 (#LDTC17), hosted by the Committee on House Administration, will take place on Tuesday, June 27, 2017in the Capitol Visitor Center Congressional Auditorium. The #LDTC17 brings individuals from Legislative Branch agencies together with data users and transparency advocates to foster a conversation about the use of legislative data – addressing how agencies use technology well and how they can use it better in the future.” Learn more here.
  • June 28th, 10am EST: How Can Demand Driven & Bottom Up Social Accountability Tools Improve Health Services? The Experience of Rural Mozambique, Webinar. “This webinar explores how Concern Universal has managed to find the intersections in incentives and goals between government and rural communities while helping overcome some crucial gaps in health service delivery. It focuses on lessons learned through application of collaborative government/citizen’s approach. More information here: http://bit.ly/2sUtR0C
  • June 29th: DATA Act Summit 2017 in Washington, DC. “The fourth annual DATA Act Summit, hosted by the Data Coalition and Booz Allen Hamilton, will bring together supporters of the open data transformation from across government and the private sector.” Learn more and get your tickets here.
  • July 5, 10am EST: ICT-mediated Citizen Engagement: Voice or Chatter? Webinar. “In this webinar, IT for Change will present the results of eight empirical case studies of citizen engagement through ICTs they undertook. This research, funded by Making All Voices Count, explored in each case how new forms of participation were shaped by IT, how IT affected power relations between government and citizens, and how the interactions between different actors continuously shape governance. More information here: http://bit.ly/2rb4TJ3
  • September 11th and 12th: TicTec@Taipei in Taipei. “TICTeC@Taipei is the first ever conference about the influence of civic tech to be held in Asia. We’ve invited members of academia, business, politics, NGOs, education to participate, and discuss their research. We hope through this event, we can build a global network of civic tech enthusiasts.” The event is being held during #CivicTechFest 2017. Learn more, submit a session proposal, and register to attend here.

 

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Friday round-up

SCOTUS Blog - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 07:38

Yesterday marked the formal investiture of Justice Neil Gorsuch at the Supreme Court. Amy Howe and Mark Walsh cover the event for this blog. At USA Today, Richard Wolf reports that “the ritual was but a speed bump in a high court career that’s already off to a fast start.” In The New York Times, Adam Liptak reports that “President Trump, who is awaiting word from the Supreme Court on the fate of his travel ban, paid his first visit to the court” for the ceremony. Additional coverage comes from Greg Stohr at Bloomberg, Ariane de Vogue at CNN, Lawrence Hurley at Reuters and Robert Barnes in The Washington Post.

At The Hill, Lydia Wheeler reports that “[i]t’s decision time for the Supreme Court when it comes to President Trump’s travel ban,” and that the “justices in the coming days must decide whether to lift the temporary injunction on the ban and whether to hear the government’s appeal of lower court rulings that stopped the policy from taking effect.” At Take Care, Steve Vladeck and Leah Litman maintain that two developments on Wednesday in the entry-ban cases “de-couple the entry ban from the internal review procedures—and, in doing so, undermine (perhaps fatally) the government’s strongest arguments for the ban itself.” At Just Security, Marty Lederman explains “why, in light of the Ninth Circuit’s decision on Monday, there’s no good reason for the Court to grant any of the government’s petitions or applications.” Also at Take Care, Jim Oleske counters the government’s argument that the president’s campaign-trail statements cannot be considered in assessing the motives behind the entry ban by arguing that “the federal government itself has successfully relied upon campaign statements to demonstrate discriminatory purpose in litigation, and it has explicitly rejected the free speech chilling argument it now offers.” In National Review, Ramesh Ponnuru discusses a recent amicus brief filed by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty that argues “that the Court should decide the case under the free-exercise clause rather than the no-establishment clause of the First Amendment.”

Briefly:

  • At the Election Law Blog, Rick Hasen notes that yesterday the court without comment denied a motion to have the mandate issued immediately in North Carolina v. Covington, in which the court vacated a district-court remedial order that had required special state elections, signaling, in his view, “that enough Justices on the Court see no urgent need for a special election in 2017,” and making it “exceedingly unlikely there could be a special election in November 2017.”
  • Constitution Daily’s We the People podcast features a discussion of the 50th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia, the landmark decision in which the Supreme Court held that laws banning interracial marriage are unconstitutional.
  • At PrawfsBlawg, Ian Samuel outlines his concerns about “the practice of ghost-writing briefs in opposition to certiorari,” concluding that “it is calculated to mislead the Supreme Court, and that it is—for that reason—unethical.”
  • At George Washington Law Review’s On the Docket blog, Alan Morrison discusses Microsoft Corp. v. Baker, in which the justices ruled this week that federal courts lack jurisdiction to review an order denying class certification after the plaintiffs have voluntarily dismissed the case with prejudice, observing that “[w]hat is most troubling is that there is no obvious and realistic avenue by which the denial of class certification can ever be raised in situations like this–and no Justice seemed to care.”
  • At PrawfsBlawg, Cassandra Robertson explores the “significant ramifications” of Peña-Rodriguez v. Colorado, in which the justices held earlier this term that evidence that a juror relied on racial stereotypes or animus to convict a criminal defendant trumps an evidentiary rule barring post-verdict testimony about statements made during jury deliberations.

Remember, we rely exclusively on our readers to send us links for our round-up.  If you have or know of a recent (published in the last two or three days) article, post, or op-ed relating to the Court that you’d like us to consider for inclusion in the round-up, please send it to roundup [at] scotusblog.com.

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Trump Orders Government To Stop Work On Y2K Bug, 17 Years Later

Slashdot: Your Rights Online - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 23:30
The federal government will finally stop preparing for the Y2K bug, seventeen years after it came and went. Yes, you read that right. Bloomberg reports: The Trump administration announced Thursday that it would eliminate dozens of paperwork requirements for federal agencies, including an obscure rule that requires them to continue providing updates on their preparedness for a bug that afflicted some computers at the turn of the century. As another example, the Pentagon will be freed from a requirement that it file a report every time a small business vendor is paid, a task that consumed some 1,200 man-hours every year. Seven of the more than 50 paperwork requirements the White House eliminated on Thursday dealt with the Y2K bug, according to a memo OMB released. Officials at the agency estimate the changes could save tens of thousands of man-hours across the federal government. The agency didn't provide an estimate of how much time is currently spent on Y2K paperwork, but Linda Springer, an OMB senior adviser, acknowledged that it isn't a lot since those requirements are already often ignored in practice.

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Global Top 100 Brands 2017

beSpacific - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 22:46

Top five global brands are not surprisingly – Google, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, and Facebook – see the entire list here.

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Petition of the day

SCOTUS Blog - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 22:30

The petition of the day is:

Batato v. United States 16-1206

Issues: (1) Whether a district court, consistent with Article III of the United States Constitution, can exercise in rem jurisdiction over foreign property that is within the exclusive custody and control of foreign courts; (2) whether a district court, consistent with 28 U.S.C. § 2466 and due process, can resolve factual disputes and make adverse credibility determinations at the pleading stage in finding that a claimant is a disentitled fugitive; and (3) whether a foreign national residing abroad should be deemed to have the intent “to avoid criminal prosecution” and be disentitled as a fugitive, consistent with 28 U.S.C. § 2466 and due process, merely because avoiding criminal prosecution is a reason (not the sole or primary reason) why the foreign national has not entered the United States while aware that he faces criminal prosecution here.

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Public schools in US increasingly make us of crowdfunding to buy books, technology, supplies

beSpacific - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 22:24

Via GOOD: “Public schools in America are supposed to level the educational playing field, but that’s tough to do when they’re not being adequately—or equally—funded. When budget cuts come, teachers and parents are forced to scramble to cover the costs of even basic school supplies. It’s no wonder then, in the hopes of bridging this financial gap, teachers turn to crowdfunding sites like AdoptAClassroom.org and DonorsChoose.org, where strangers around the globe can donate funds for everything from class sets of books and technology supplies, to sports equipment and field trips that districts can no longer afford to pay for…Schools receive funding from three main sources: state budgets, local sources—primarily property and business taxes—and the federal government. With the advent of the Great Recession in 2008, states slashed education funding, and many didn’t replenish education coffers when the economy rebounded. Cities with lower property values and fewer businesses have lower tax revenue, which means they don’t have much to funnel to local schools. In other places, fear of new taxes leads people to vote down bonds and legislative bills that would raise the money schools need. The smallest percentage of money comes from the federal government, which chips in funding for programs like Head Start, that assist children who have special needs or come from low-income households. The proposed 2017-2018 federal education budget slashes a staggering $10.6 billion from programs. Each time another chunk of funding is gouged out of educational coffers, students and classrooms suffer, particularly in impoverished areas…”

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Rise in ocean temperatures on northern east coast impacting ecology and economy

beSpacific - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 22:16

Yale Environment 360: Feeling the Heat: How Fish Are Migrating from Warming Waters – “Steadily rising ocean temperatures are forcing fish to abandon their historic territories and move to cooler waters. The result is that fishermen’s livelihoods are being disrupted, as fisheries regulators scramble to incorporate climate change into their planning…Over the last decade, the Gulf of Maine, the basin that stretches from Cape Cod to Nova Scotia, has warmed faster than nearly every other tract of ocean on earth, as climate change joined forces with a natural oceanographic pattern called the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation to increase sea surface temperatures by 3.6 F from 2004 to 2013. The results have been ecological transformation, upheaval in marine fisheries management, and an alarming window onto the warm future of global oceans…”

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EFF Tips, Tools and How-tos for Safer Online Communications

beSpacific - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 21:51

“Modern technology has given those in power new abilities to eavesdrop and collect data on innocent people. Surveillance Self-Defense is EFF’s guide to defending yourself and your friends from surveillance by using secure technology and developing careful practices. Select an article from our index to learn about a tool or issue, or check out one of our playlists to take a guided tour through a new set of skills.”

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Six Companies Awarded $258 Million From US Government To Build Exascale Supercomputers

Slashdot: Your Rights Online - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 21:45
The U.S. Department of Energy will be investing $258 million to help six leading technology firms -- AMD, Cray Inc., Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM, Intel, and Nvidia -- research and build exascale supercomputers. Digital Trends reports: The funding will be allocated to them over the course of a three-year period, with each company providing 40 percent of the overall project cost, contributing to an overall investment of $430 million in the project. "Continued U.S. leadership in high performance computing is essential to our security, prosperity, and economic competitiveness as a nation," U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry said. "These awards will enable leading U.S. technology firms to marshal their formidable skills, expertise, and resources in the global race for the next stage in supercomputing -- exascale-capable systems." The funding will finance research and development in three key areas; hardware technology, software technology, and application development. There are hopes that one of the companies involved in the initiative will be able to deliver an exascale-capable supercomputer by 2021.

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The Connective Tissue of Our Movements for Change [Guest Post]

Rockwood Leadership - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 21:30

 

“But I would like to advance the radical notion that providing care is work. By work, I mean it’s just that: work. I would like to state for the record that we are building and maintaining movements when we are texting to make sure someone is ok, talk on the phone for hours, talk shit on the couch, drop off a little care. Those things are not a sideline or an afterthought to our movements. They are our movements.” ~ Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, “A Modest Proposal For A Fair Trade Emotional Labor Economy: A Proposal About Care Labor For Everyone”

Seven years ago, at the Art of Leadership for Women in Racial Justice & Human Rights, I stood in front of a room of leaders from all over the United States and delivered my Vision Stand speech.

The speech went okay, and my cohort was supportive, but I didn’t feel like I’d “nailed it.”

The truth was that I did not yet know what my vision was. However, later that day, I found out.

Our next assignment was to organize a party to celebrate the training’s end. We designed a talent show, selected songs, and made up games. I enthusiastically took on the role of strategic planner and space creator.

At the party, Rockwood’s president Akaya Windwood took me aside and said, “When you were giving your speech, it was as though you were somewhere else. But now, I see you. Here you are, and what a gift you are!”

Creating healing space and facilitating sacred connection is one of my greatest gifts. Until my Rockwood training, however, this superpower was largely invisible to me. Why?

The truth is, systems of oppression value a certain kind of leadership, and too often we reinforce this value in our movements for change.

Many of us do not fit into the role of community organizer, charismatic leader at the rally, or activist linking arms in front of the capital. In fact, that type of work can be inaccessible, particularly to those of us who have experienced trauma, have families, or have disabilities.

But valuing certain kinds of leadership over others doesn’t just affect who shows up for protests:

  • Racism and white supremacy devalue and silence the leadership, experience, and history of people of color. In our movements, this manifests as a leadership gap, a lack of anti-racism training for white leaders, and the over-reliance on people of color to bring attention to issues of racism.
  • Capitalism encourages disconnecting our work lives from our personal lives. This looks like a staff retreat with zero time to rest and relax, or a shared organizational value that self-care should happen outside of the workday.
  • Patriarchy contributes to the invisibilization of historically unpaid “women’s work,” like emotional labor, time/attention spent on group dynamics or process, and domestic/physical needs (like food and childcare). This shows up as a group never taking time out to celebrate birthdays or acknowledge grief, or a work environment that makes it dangerous or uncomfortable to show weakness or emotion.

Our leadership and our movements need love, song, connection, poetry, dance parties, spiritual sustenance, accountable partnerships, healing, and so much more. When we ignore the value of this type of leadership within our movements, we remain inflexible, limited in our imaginations, and unable to move through the real divides that a world of oppression boxes us into.

There are many examples of leadership that values these things alongside direct action. Fannie Lou Hamer sang to weary civil rights workers. Septima Clark and Bernice Robinson organized citizenship schools in the south. In my own town of Louisville, KY, Elmer’s social justice ministry holds spiritual care space for immigrant families who are being targeted by ICE. Tufara Waller Muhammad, one of my mentors, influences thousands of organizers to center spirit, culture, and art in how we show up for collective liberation.

These women and men, and the many others doing similar work, are the connective tissue of our movements for change.

Let’s expand the definition of how we show up for liberation and the idea of what kind of leadership is needed. Let’s bring our full selves to our words, exchanges, relationships, and work, inside and out.

More Resources:

 

Do you center care, provide healing space, center spirit, art, and/or love in your work for change? Join us at Liberation School, a nine-month holistic healing school for changemakers who believe care and love are central for how we must lead. Applications are due by July 1, so apply now.

Jardana Peacock directs Liberation School. She is a spiritual teacher and writer. She has worked with thousands of changemakers globally to address trauma individually and collectively through healing from an anti-oppression lens. Stay connected: http://www.jardanapeacock.com?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss

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CIA Created 'CherryBlossom' Toolkit For Hacking Hundreds of Routers Models

Slashdot: Your Rights Online - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 21:05
An anonymous reader writes: After a two-week hiatus, WikiLeaks dumped new files as part of the Vault 7 series -- documents about a CIA tool named CherryBlossom, a multi-purpose framework developed for hacking hundreds of home router models. The tool is by far one of the most sophisticated CIA malware frameworks in the CIA's possession. The purpose of CherryBlossom is to allow operatives to interact and control SOHO routers on the victim's network. The tool can sniff, log, and redirect the user's Internet traffic, open a VPN to the victim's local network, execute actions based on predefined rules, alert operators when the victim becomes active, and more. A 24-page document included with the CherryBlossom docs lists over 200 router models from 21 vendors that the CIA could hack. The biggest names on this list are Apple, D-Link, Belkin, Aironet (Cisco), Linksys, and Motorola.

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eBay Urges Customers To Oppose Washington Internet Tax

Slashdot: Your Rights Online - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 20:05
An anonymous reader quotes a report from KNKX: If you live in Washington state, you might have gotten the email from eBay. It begins: "The Washington State Legislature is threatening to impose new Internet sales tax burdens on you." It goes on to urge the recipient to send a form letter to Washington lawmakers opposing "harmful tax laws." So what's this about? EBay's Brian Bieron said the company is alerting its customers to a proposal to require out-of-state retailers to collect sales tax from Washington residents. "It's the right of all of our users to know when new tax policies would impact their ability to sell online or shop online, we think that they want to know and they want to get involved," Bieron said. The fact eBay is emailing its customer base now indicates the company is concerned the internet tax bill will be part of a final budget deal in Olympia. Washington House Democrats and Senate Republicans are currently trying to hash out a compromise budget that fully fund schools. That agreement will likely include some additional sources of tax revenue. Of all the choices on the table, capturing sales tax from more online sales might prove the most palatable to tax-averse Republicans. House Democrats estimate the proposal could bring in an estimated $341 million over the next two years.

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The State of Open Government Data in 2017

beSpacific - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 19:00

The State of Open Government Data in 2017 – Creating meaningful open data through multi-stakeholder dialogue, Danny Lämmerhirt, Mor Rubinstein and Oscar Montiel. “The Global Open Data Index provides the most comprehensive snapshot available of the state of open government data publication.”

“The updated Global Open Data Index has been published today, along with our report on the state of Open Data this year. The report includes a broad overview of the problems we found around data publication and how we can improve government open data. You can download the full report here. Also, after the Public Dialogue phase, we have updated the Index. You can see the updated edition here. We will also keep our forum open for discussions about open data quality and publication. You can see the conversation here.”

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Dubai Airport Will Use Biometric Scanning By 2020 To Replace Entry With Passport

Slashdot: Your Rights Online - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 18:40
dryriver quotes a report from Gulf News: For visitors or residents coming in to Dubai, a new face-recognition software in the offing at the Dubai International Airport will enable them to walk straight to the baggage claim area after deplaning without having to stop at passport control. British start-up ObjectTech announced that they will work with the Dubai government to install biometric tunnels that scan people's faces as they walk to baggage reclaim. The "biometric border" walkway takes a 3D scan of people's faces as they enter the airport and checks it against a digital passport using face-recognition software. If this project is completed, passengers arriving at Dubai airport will be able to step off their flight and walk straight to baggage reclaim via biometric verification tunnels -- allowing them to be registered into the country using a pre-approved and entirely digitized passport.

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Japan Passes Controversial 'Anti-Conspiracy' Bill

Slashdot: Your Rights Online - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 18:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Virtual Privacy Network Blog, News: Earlier today, after an intentionally rushed consideration process, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe passed a new mass surveillance law conveniently called the "anti-conspiracy bill." With the vague wording of the bill, anyone suspected of planning any of [the 277 acts listed in the bill] could be put under targeted surveillance. Of course, the Japanese government has promised not to overstep their boundaries and emphasized that the new law is only meant to increase security before the 2020 Olympics. Among the noted crimes that would be punishable in Japan under the new anti-terrorism law is copyright violation, which is a criminal offense not a civil offense in Japan. Both the Japanese Bar Association and the United Nation's Special Rapporteur have spoken out against the law, saying that it will severely curtail civil liberties in Japan. BBC laid out some of the most ridiculous things that someone in Japan can now catch a potentially terrorism-related charge for even planning or discussing on social media the acts of: Copying music; Conducting sit-ins to protest against the construction of apartment buildings; Using forged stamps; Competing in a motor boat race without a license; Mushroom picking in conservation forests; Avoiding paying consumption tax. The stated rationale of the government is that these now-illegal acts, such as copying music to CDs or foraging for mushrooms in conservation forests, could be used to fund terrorist activities. Hence, planning or thinking about them is bad. If this sounds like the Thought Police, that's because it is.

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An illustrated guide to Frank Lloyd Wright’s signature buildings

beSpacific - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 17:49

Curbed – Kesley Keith: “…His ingenious, enchanting buildings—over 500 actual buildings, and 500 more on top of those that he didn’t get a chance to construct in his 91 years on this planet. According to the catalog for MoMA’s whopper of a retrospective—timed to what would have been Wright’s 150th birthday—the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives alone holds “55,000 drawings, 125,000 photographs, 285 films, 300,000 sheets of correspondence, 2,700 manuscripts,” and more. Prolific, to say the least. Here, we winnowed down decades of work to pull out key buildings from the Frank Lloyd Wright oeuvre, from the domestically-scaled to the heavily ornamented, from the corporate behemoth to the soaring geometric forms of his later years. While any Wright archivist will tell you the architect himself eschewed “styles,” we’ve separated out his building chronology into a few key themes, depicting them with the help of illustrator Julia Rothman. [Download the poster-sized PDF version here.]

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